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Malumat: Resources for Research, Writing/Publishing, Teaching & Performing Arts

Resources for Research, Writing/Publishing, Teaching, & Performing Arts  
Compiled by Kate C. Wilson
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

This column lists calls and notices relevant to scholars of Theatre and Performance in the Arab world and Arab diaspora. Suggestions are welcome:



Visiting Researcher Program   

The Center for Middle Easter Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusets  

Note:  No stipend; no office space; just the prestigious affiliation and resources.

Length:  3-12 months

Information:  2016 guidelines will be posted during September, 2015

Humanities Fellowships at New York University in Abu Dhabi

Due: October 12 2015


Description:  The program aims in particular to build a center of outstanding research capacity in areas of the Humanities that are relevant for the study of the Arabic world, its rich intellectual, religious, and scientific history, its cultural and artistic heritage as expressed in traditional and new media, and its interaction with other cultures in the past and present.  

There are two levels of Fellowship:

  1. Senior Fellowship for distinguished senior scholars with outstanding scholarly accomplishment, including an internationally recognized publication record.
  2. Junior Fellowship for post-doc level (Ph.D. within the past 5 years) working on a dissertation-to-book project


Jordanian Theatre OnLine    

Jordan’s New Think Theatre  runs an Arabic-language web-site posting brief notices and  streaming their satirical plays, including a meta-drama about why Jordan does not generate much theatre (“Theatre in the Making”). The project also runs a festival and maintains a registry.  





CFP: World Literature Today

Auspices: University of Oklahoma (USA)

Date: Rolling

A general audience magazine for readers interested in world literature, World Literature Today invites essays (25oo words, about 10 pages), book reviews, and interviews related to literary and cultural topics from any geographic region or language area, within a contemporary scope from the 1990s to today.  The preferred style is a clear and lively discussion targeting a broad audience, with a minimum of scholarly apparatus.  The magazine (and its blog) has published articles on Arabic literature, and some on Theatre and Drama—but Arabic drama is hardly represented.

WLT also prints translated literature – traditionally fiction and poetry, but drama translators can submit a query.

Submission guidelines:


CFP: Anthology on Pan-African/Palestinian Solidarities

Facebook Page:

Due: February 1st, 2016

Call: Seeking essays exploring solidarity and links between anti-colonial, anti-apartheid movements in Africa and Palestine and extending across diasporas in the USA and elsewhere.  The editors welcome explorations of cultural production and stylistics related to these themes.


CFP:  Working Papers on Diaspora & Transnationalism, open-access online publication.

Auspices:  Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism

Call: 5000-6000 word original research articles on Diaspora and Transnationalism (including abstracts). Open-access pdf format.

Web site:

Contact email:



CFP: Conference on Justice and Human Dignity in Africa and the African Diaspora

Auspices: African Literature Association

Conference: April 6-9, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia (USA)

Web page:

Due:  Proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables, or seminars (2-3 panels on one theme) due November 15, 2015



CFP: Conference on Languages, Cultures and Gender

Auspices: Ege University, Turkey. Co-Organised by ADİKAM (European Languages and Cultures Research & Application Centre) and EKAM (Women’s Studies Centre) of Ege University.

Conference: 11-13 May 2016, Izmir, Turkey

Call:  Inviting participants exploring gender themes, with a special emphasis on how language and culture defines, affects, influences, shapes and visualises gender in a wide spectrum ranging from the individual to the communal across an array of disciplines.

Topics include: Transmission of gender in translated works; Gender in the Humanities; Perception of Gender in folklore, myths, legends, taboos, symbolism and rituals; LGBT studies, sexual identities.

Language: English, German, and Turkish (by invitation only).

Submission (English): For talks (up to 20 minutes) submit 250-word proposal plus a short biography (around 100 words), with subject line  “2016 Paper Submission”. For panels (up to 60 minutes), submit panel title, abstract, and speakers’ biographies; subject line “2016 Panel Submission”. Submit by email to:  



Artist Grant

Auspices:  Young Arab Theatre Fund

Web site:

Due Oct 1  

These grants are intended to support artists (individuals, collaborations, or collectives, from or living in the Arab World, and/or engaged with the Arab World) to develop their practice. Among other activities, the grants can be used to pursue threads of research, stage an event, make new work, publish, travel, take part in a residency or workshop, or present an exhibition or performance. The grants are available for part of or a whole activity or project.  About 10 grants (of about 5000 euros).


Playwright and Screenwriter Opportunity

Auspices:  Sundance Institute


Due:  October 15, 2015

Notice:  Sundance Institute, founded by US actor Robert Redford, has run international cultural exchange programs for independent artists, including the Rawi  Screenwriters Lab in conjunction with the Royal Film Commission of Jordan (to develop writers’ first or second narrative screenplays), and documentary initiatives in cooperation with the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture and other organizations.  Their “lab” model encourages creative innovation and incorporates one-on-one project guidance from distinguished Dramaturgs and Creative Advisors. They are now expanding to the Middle East/North African region in two programs: (1) a theatre lab in the MENA region; and (2) inviting six artists to the Theatre-Makers Residency at the Sundance Resort in Utah, where they develop new work with dramaturgs.   

Apply:  Application guidelines are available in English, Arabic, and French. See web-site above.



Arab Stages
Volume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Founders: Marvin Carlson and Frank Hentschker

Editor-in-Chief: Marvin Carlson

Editorial and Advisory Board: Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Dina Amin, Khalid Amine, Hazem Azmy, Dalia Basiouny, Katherine Donovan, Masud Hamdan, Sameh Hanna, Rolf C. Hemke, Katherine Hennessey, Areeg Ibrahim, Jamil Khoury, Dominika Laster, Margaret Litvin, Rebekah Maggor, Safi Mahfouz, Robert Myers, Michael Malek Naijar, Hala Nassar, George Potter, Juan Recondo, Nada Saab, Asaad Al-Saleh, Torange Yeghiazarian, Edward Ziter.

Managing Editor: Meir A. Farjoun

Assistant Managing Editor: Nina Angela Mercer

Table of Content

  • The 2015 Egyptian National Theatre Festival by Dalia Basiouny
  • Damascus Theater Laboratory by Waseem Al Sharqy
  • The Birth of Modern Iraqi Theatre: Church Drama in Mosul in the Late Nineteenth Century by Amir Al-Azraki and James Al-Shamma
  • Theatre as an Optimistic Political Act: Lebanese Theatre Artist Sahar Assaf by Michael Malek Najjar
  • A Feminist Tuberculosis Melodrama: Melek by Painted Bird Theatre by Emre Erdem
  • Much Ado About “Theatre and Censorship Conference” by Dalia Basiouny
  • Mass Media Muslims: A Three Lens Theory of Representation by Jamil Khoury


  • Issam Mahfouz’ The Dictator presented in New York by Marvin Carlson
  • An 1868 Egyptian Helen of Troy play published by Marvin Carlson
  • Nahda: Five Visions of an Arab Awakening
  • Malumat: Resources for Research, Writing/Publishing, Teaching, & Performing Arts compiled by Kate C. Wilson

Book Reviews

  • Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theatre by Karin van Nieuwkerk, ed. – A book review by Marvin Carlson
  • Arab American Drama, Film and Performance: A Critical Study, 1908 to the Present – A book review by George Potter
  • Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora – A book review by Michael Malek Najjar

Short Plays

  • Out of Control by Wael Qadour
  • The Village of Tishreen by Muhammad al-Maghut

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
Frank Hentschker, Executive Director
Marvin Carlson, Director of Publications
Rebecca Sheahan, Managing Director

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